From thee numerous strains of bacterial meningitis, the most fatal one that causes the maximum number of deaths are meningitis C. The mayhem of the disease was widespread and around 100 deaths a year were reported due to this lethal bacteria’s infection.
Now a decade later the researchers are urging people to get vaccine top ups in order to contain the deadly effects of meningitis C. The findings of a new study reveal that three in four teenagers may be unprotected from Meningitis C as the effects of the vaccine shots may have worn off.
The study conducted by a team of researchers from Oxford University claims that booster shots of the vaccine should be given to children as a precautionary measure.
The researchers tested 250 British children between the ages of six and 12 who had all been immunized against meningitis C. They were astounded to find out that the effect of the vaccine wear off for many less than a decade after receiving the jab.
Following the findings, experts are urging that children in secondary schools should all be vaccinated again.
It is the prompt approach of the medical practitioners that no deaths have been reported due to this deadly fatal brain disease in the year 2008/2009.
One cannot help but appreciate the efforts of the medical community; it is because of their efforts that has limited the number of cases of meningitis C.
Reports claim that meningitis C cases have fallen to an all time low.
One contributing factor that has limited the development of the fatal disease in children is the extremely low levels of bacterial infection in the community.
The vaccine shots are given primarily to infants in three doses, but the experts have advised that older children should also be vaccinated by giving extra shots.
An eye opener is needed for the parents to be cautions of this dreadful disease as research findings throw light on an extremely scary situation. The findings expose that ,’within seven years of receiving the jab just one in four were still protected against meningitis C’.
Vaccine Top Ups are the need of the hour.